Challenge Sign-Up: New to You Reading Challenge

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Dates of Challenge: January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Ok. I swear this is the last challenge for 2016 that I’m signing-up for. I think I only read about 3 authors last year who were new to me. So, I’m aiming to change that this year.
My Goal: Level 3 (Wading In):
25 books 
Here’s some of the potential “new to me” authors I’m aiming to read:
  • Sarah J. Maas
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Lucy Knisley
  • Gloria Steinem
  • Leigh Bardugo
  • Kristi Charish

Reading My Own Damn Books 2016 Challenge


Challenge Host: Estella’s Revenge
Dates of Challenge: January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Challenge Sign-up: Click here

This is a “choose your own adventure” kind of reading challenge. The main goal, I believe, is to knock some books off of your TBR pile.

This will be the last year long challenge I sign-up for in 2016. I just liked that this one didn’t really have any set rules. So, I had more freedom on what to do.

My goals for this challenge are:

  • Get my TBR pile down to 100 books (I’m starting out 2016 with about 165 books that I own, but haven’t read yet).
  • Do 1 purge of books on my shelves.
    • Donate the novels I’ve read, but won’t re-read and/or titles I haven’t read that no longer interest me to the library.
  • Read at least 50 books from my TBR pile.

Are you looking to trim down your TBR pile in 2016? Then join us here!

2016 Finishing the Series Challenge

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Challenge Host: Bea’s Book Nook
Dates of Challenge: January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Challenge Sign-up: Click here
One of my goals for 2016 is to knock some books off of my TBR pile. This challenge should help with that since I have quite a few books from series that I need to finish-up.
My Goal: Level 3 (Experienced):
Complete 3 – 6 series (I’m not counting short stories. Only full length novels that are part of a series.)

2016 New Release Challenge


The 2016 New Release Challenge is hosted by Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Book Reviews and Stormy @ Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My.

Challenge Details

Dates: Jan. 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016

Rules for the 2016 New Release Challenge:

  • Books have to be released and reviewed in 2016.
  • Other challenges can be used as well.
  • Books must be over 100 pages to qualify.

 My Goals

I don’t read a whole lot of new releases in the year. So, I’m going to be a wuss and choose the first level of the challenge with a goal of reading 15 new releases in 2016.

  • 1 – 15 books – New Release Newbie

Want to join in? Sign-up for the challenge here.

2016 Challenge: Pick Your Genre

Pick Your Genre 2016

It’s that time of year again! Challenge sign-ups! I’m awful with completing challenges, so my goal is to do better this year. First challenge I’m joining this year is the 2016 Pick Your Genre Reading challenge hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup.

Challenge Details

Dates: Jan 1, 2016 and ends Dec 31, 2016

What to Read: Any genre that suits your fancy! Just pick a genre (or two) and choose a reading level. To quilify, the book must be longer than 80 pages and read in 2016. Re-reads and challenge cross-overs count!

My Goals

I’m picking two genres for this challenge:

  • Paranormal Romance
    • Goal: Level 4 (Going for a Swim): 50 books
  • Fantasy/Urban Fantasy
    • Goal: Level 1 (Sunbathing): 6 books

Want to join in? Sign-up for the challenge HERE!

Bout of Books 12.0 – Monday Wrap-Up

Bout of Books
Monday – Day 1 Wrap-Up
Off to a good start reading wise even if the weather is currently horrible here. Curse you, winter storm Gorgon! Here’s how I did for my first day:
Reading Progress:
Day 1 and I’m already reading things that weren’t on my list. So far, I’ve Tales of the Otherworld, which is an anthology of some of Kelley Armstrong’s short stories and novellas.
So far, I’ve Tales of the Otherworld, which is an anthology of some of Kelley Armstrong’s short stories and novellas. It was a fast read since I had read most of the stories before. The only new one, to me, had been The Case of El Chupacabra. Loved reading another Paige and Lucas story, even if the plot wasn’t all that engrossing.
 I also read Suzanne Wright’s Consumed, which clocks in at about 290 pages. It was a quick read and not too bad. Good if you’re in the mood for an extremely light vampire romance.

Goal for Tomorrow:

With the weather, tomorrow has the potential to be a stressful day. So, I’m not aiming real high for my goal.I think I’m aiming to finish another fluffy ebook or start reading Cruel Beauty.

Book Scavenger Hunt!
This is a challenge hosted by Caught Red Handed for the Bout. The goal is to find books you have on your shelves for each of the seven categories. The camera on my phone isn’t cooperating tonight, so I won’t be doing actual pictures of my books this time around.
1. Find an author with the same initials as you:
Sylvia Plath
2. Find a book with the color yellow on it:
3. Find an author’s name with the letter “S” in it:
Patricia Briggs
4. Find a book with a female protagonist:
5. Find the longest book you own:
544 pages
6. Find a book with a map in it or on it:
7. Find a book with a face on it (photograph or illustrated):

Bout of Books 12.0

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.

This will be my first time participating in a Bout of Books, so we’ll see how it goes. My goal is to read 5 books this week, which might be more difficult than usual since I’ll be traveling out of town this weekend. Below is a list of books I’m aiming to read (and one I’m planning to re-read) for this week. *these may change based on my mood during the week*

pirate kingabout that nightbayouAnna and the French KissBeauty and the Werewolf